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Karen Elizabeth Silver

Family Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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About Karen

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Practice area
  1. Family

    27 years

Ribet & Silver is a highly respected, family law firm in Los Angeles which concentrates on family law trial and appellate work. Our firm represents clients in all aspects of family law, including complex marital estates, high-conflict custody matters, paternity matters, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, mediation and post-judgment matters. We maintain a presence in cutting-edge divorce issues, such as same-sex relationships, domestic and international move-away cases, and custody disputes involving special needs children, substance abuse and mental health issues. The individual attention we provide each and every client, as well as strong advocacy and dedication we bring to cases, set us apart from other family lawyers.


Ribet & Silver
1901 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 680
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

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Posted by Richard | June 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great and formidable lawyer .
Karen Silver represented me for most of 2022 in my divorce settlement. She is an excellent lawyer, and her direct, no nonsense approach to practicing law, was greatly appreciated during the aforementioned time. Her greatest gift is her ability to attend to details while never losing sight of the big picture. She was also especially capable when it came to communicating with a lawyer on the other side, who was not always rational or organized. All in all, I would recommend Karen Silver to anyone who may be in need of a strong attorney to represent them in a divorce settlement.
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Posted by Kelli | March 29, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
An advocate for justice in all areas
Karen is my hero. She was attentive and always available when time-sensitive inquires were needed. She collaborated with me to provide the most effective communication with my ex-husband through my initial divorce and subsequent legal battles for over 5 years. Her expertise guided me through nuanced and highly emotional issues. She was very professional and knowledgeable but always handled these contentious battles with kindness and compassion. I can’t say enough good things about her, her office staff and the 5 years of supportive guidance they provided.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Karen Silver is the best family law attorney I've worked with
Karen is fantastic! I worked with Karen over several months and she made everything seamless and easy. Her work ethic and legal advice is truly unmatched and it was a great experience. I've already given her name to several co-workers.
Posted by Jeff | January 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Karen acts as a partner with you during the divorce which I think distinguishes her from other attorneys. She presents great arguments in court and the judges highly value her opinions. FIVE STARS
Posted by Ricki | August 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law Attorney, Karen Silver, Was Always There For Me...
Karen Silver represented me during my very difficult divorce and again two years later when my ex-husband took me back to court, and she proved to be someone I could count on to always have my back. She was open and honest with me from day one and I trusted her and relied on her sound advice. Karen is extremely knowledgeable in the field of family law and is confident, firm and experienced in court. She was very patient with me, guided me, answered my questions, listened to my concerns, consulted with me and respected me. She made herself available if I needed her and even communicated with me over the weekend. She is devoted to her clients and gives 100% of herself. During my divorce, Karen met with me with opposing counsel and also in Mediation with my ex-husband. She practiced with me beforehand and wanted me to be as comfortable and prepared as possible. Whether we were in court or in mediation, Karen Silver was prepared and calm and ready to advocate for me. I prevailed in court at both appearances thanks to the support of my dedicated attorney. Karen Silver is someone that you want on YOUR TEAM if you are going through a contentious divorce. I highly recommend her for all your family law needs. Sincerely, Ricki Averbach
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Karen is really amazing. She was my 3rd lawyer in a very difficult divorce. She is smart, practical, calm and professional. Most important she is child centered. We were in court for 3 years with thousands of pages of documents. She and her admin never made a single mistake, not even a type-o. She was alway 100% prepared and and well respected. I have since referred her many times, which says it all.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Excellent Attorney. Karen was professional, thorough and detail oriented. She answered all of my questions and explained the process so I understood what was going on and could present my best case. She was always available, well prepared, compassionated and patient. Karen was also always practical and fiscally responsible. I would refer Karen to anyone needing family law representation.
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Posted by Amy | January 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Karen Silver - TOP NOTCH!
Working with Karen has been a positive experience, during such an unpleasant time. She is intelligent, thorough, an excellent communicator, timely and genuinely going to bat to win. She never failed to keep me informed and prepared. I would and have already recommended her to anyone in need of a family law attorney.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
very satisfied client
I am writing because I am happy with the results of my case. I was referred to Karen by a prior client of hers. I found her to be smart and her advice just made sense. I was able to reach her when I needed and her fees were reasonable.
Posted by Amanda | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Outstanding with Even the Most Complex Cases
Karen is absolutely wonderful! I hired Karen after my ex-husband decided to randomly move to CA, go MIA, and not follow through with our divorce decree from SC. After 2 years of dealing with the courts in SC it became clear moving my case to CA was my only option. I contacted many lawyers (at least 20) and it was apparent Karen was the only one I would trust to handle my case. I cannot even come close to explaining the complexly of trying to enforce a divorce decree when on party moves to another state. There are so many different state laws to follow and Karen was more than qualified for the challenge. Within 2 months of hiring Karen she able to locate my ex-husband (which no one else could manage to do for the past 2 years) and have him complete all the documents I needed for me to move on with my life. She might not be the cheapest lawyer in the area, but she is worth every penny and then some. Karen is great about communicating options with you, and kept the cost down lower than I ever thought was possible. Not only is she an absolutely outstanding lawyer she is kind, approachable, professional and easily accessible. I live in SC so we did all our communicating via email and phone. I always had an answer in less than 24 hours (normally within the hour). I could go on and on, but do yourself a favor if you need a family law attorney just hire Karen.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2015
Highly Recommend this Attorney
I highly recommend this attorney. She was very responsive to me every step of the way. Her fees were reasonable and she made sure to watch my bottom line the entire time. She is smart, caring and advocated for me in a way that I felt my voice was heard.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2015
I recommend Karen!
Karen helped me through the most difficult time in my life. She was very responsive and always made herself available when I needed her (to help answer questions, get guidance on how to proceed, and learn what the next steps were). I trusted her knowledge and her guidance. I would recommend Karen, to help anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by Barb | April 22, 2015
Legal advice and help that changed my life!
Karen Silver helped me go through the most difficult divorce. I was confused at all the money missing from my account and Karen quickly discovered hidden assets I had no idea we even had! I went from being a victim to getting my fair share of assets. I will forever be grateful to her and would recommend her to ANYONE (and have)
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2015
Strong Divorce Lawyer
I am so grateful for Karen. She is smart, practical and kind. She defended me and protected my and my children's interests every step of the way. I loved that she was responsive to me. My prior attorney was not but Karen always returned calls and emails in a reasonable amount of time. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Leslie | April 16, 2015
Some lawyers create problems, others solve them.
Divorce sucks. Even under the best of circumstances. And one of the most important decisions you'll make is the attorney you chose. This person will dictate the entire tone and outcome of the divorce. I wanted an attorney that would not waist my time and money and would work to solve problems fairly. I was very happy with Karen Silver. She is very professional, smart and got the job done. She was firm and fought for me without alienating or bullying. She held my hand and helped me get through a very tough time. She thought of strategies that helped down the road and made me realize what my needs would be when I couldn't think straight. She was dedicated to my cause and I am grateful to have had her represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2015
Knowledgable and Practical Custody Attorney
I was very pleased with my representation. Karen gave good advice and was always there for me. She didn't hand me off to associates or other lawyers like happens at other firms. She didn't try to increase costs. She is smart and practical and has a good way of dealing with people. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2014
Good reviews
I want to give a review of this lawyer for those out there looking for a lawyer. This lawyer was helpful, smart and responsive to all of my many questions and concerns. I felt supported throughout the difficult custody process. I am happy with the results I got.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2011
I was very happy with this lawyer!
I was very happy with this lawyer. Karen is experienced and knows what she is doing. I appreciated that she kept me involved and informed every step of the way. I got great results.
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2011
I highly recommend Ms. Silver. She communicated with me frequently, was knowledgeable and detailed oriented, and has a heart. She also didn't try to overbill me, which other attorneys do. She was really careful of her time and costs. I liked that. She is classy and is someone I want on my side.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 575-575 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ribet & Silver
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Barbakow & Ribet
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Alexandra Leichter
  • 1997 - 2010


  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994


  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2007
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  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Decision May Unleash Tsunami
  • 2018
  • The Guardian Magazine
  • Financial Obligations of Marital Partners
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Endorse Karen
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen maintains a friendly and professional tenor even while zealously advocating for her client, making the likelihood of a settlement increase and keeping costs down for both parties."
Family Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer - she was very professional and courteous and a good advocate for her client."
Family Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kaen is an effective litigator and an excellent negotiator who is a recognized expert in Family Law."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Besides being a valuable and knowledgable legal resource, Karen has a wonderful disposition that brings a sense of calm in the highly emotional area of Family Law. Karen has the ability to LISTEN and truly hear what her clients and colleagues say. In addition, Karen is an impeccable writer. Her declarations, motions, and written legal work are not only persuasive but the are eloquent, succinct and beautifully written."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is not only smart, shrewd and strategically positions her clients to achieve the best results, but she provides the most important gift of all — compassion. Because of Karen’s experience, strong working relationships and reputation within the family law community, she is able to efficiently and effectively deliver first-class results for her clients. But, what truly sets her apart is the time that she devotes to nurturing her clients which is simply unmatched. Many of her clients are emotionally distraught when they first contact her, but by the time, they hang up the phone or meet her in person, they feel that they are in good hands. Even after Karen wraps up the legal issues for a client, Karen goes the extra mile guiding them on the road to recovery. My fellow attorneys and I always joke with our spouses that if anything were to ever happen in our marriages, we have already retained Karen to represent us!"
Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen is a fierce advocate for her clients. She is very smart, thoroughly prepared, and makes every effort to settle cases when appropriate. Her fees are reasonable and she cares about her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen Silver is an excellent lawyer. She is very experienced and knowledgable. I highly recommend her for any family law matter."
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